Monday, May 21, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: Royal Wedding Bracelet - Chalk Lazure Blue


ROYAL WEDDING BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • Rulla beads "Chalk Lazure Blue"
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Metallic Suede Gold"

As you can see, this also makes a cute bracelet without the picots along the edge. It has a more casual look.


You'll find this free bracelet tutorial by Sandra Halpenny HERE on her blog. She also has a YouTube tutorial HERE. If you need Rulla beads to make this bracelet, Supply Emporium has a very nice selection of colors.



Sunday, May 20, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: Royal Wedding Bracelet - Orchid Aqua


ROYAL WEDDING BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Gunmetal" (451)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Gunmetal" (451)
  • Rulla beads "Pastel Bordeaux"
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Polychrome Orchid Aqua"

Did you watch the Royal Wedding yesterday? I watched the whole thing on YouTube in the afternoon while taking a break after editing these bracelet photos. Tomorrow I'll be blogging about one of these bracelets that I made without the picots.


You'll find this free bracelet tutorial by Sandra Halpenny HERE on her blog. She also has a YouTube tutorial HERE. If you need Rulla beads to make this bracelet, Supply Emporium has a very nice selection of colors.



Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday Tangles

If the clouds clear out this afternoon, I should be able to take photos of the three "Royal Wedding" bracelets that I mentioned on Wednesday.


There isn't a published pattern for "Articulated Molygon" but Melinda Barlow CZT has a video HERE showing how to draw this variation of the official tangle called "Molygon".


This pretty tangle called "Bluster" is by Irina Wins and her pattern is HERE at Pattern-Collections.com. Below  are a couple more examples of "Bluster"



Lindy Clarkson's "Fan-filla" can be found HERE at Pattern-Collections.com.


"Momo" was first introduced on Veena Arun's Knot Brat blog HERE. The step-out is also posted HERE at Pattern-Collections.com.


This cute rope-like tangle called "Natti" is HERE at TanglePatterns.com. It was created by Anita Aspfors Westin.


"Row Row" is by Katharina Königsbauer-Kolb and the pattern is posted HERE on her blog.


"Tipple" was introduced by Zentangle on their blog back in 2016. You'll find their step-out HERE. It's not so much a pattern as it is a filler used to fill gaps between tangles. Rather than just show you a tile full of circles, I used "Tipple" to fill some of the cells of "Vache 1". Visit THIS post for information about "Vache 1". There is also a step-out for "Tipple" HERE at Pattern-Collections.com as well as several video links.


"Tri-o-angle", by Kasturi-Das, is posted HERE at Patten-Collections.com. You will also find a link to Melinda Barlow's video about this tangle.

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Today's Tangles

I've made three more "Royal Wedding" bracelets but I haven't been able to take photos of them yet. Sunday night I discovered water dripping from the kitchen ceiling. The landlord sent someone out on Monday to find the source of the leak and yesterday they cut a big hole in the ceiling and repaired the leak in the pipe. Everything that was on the kitchen counters is now covering my "photo studio" (aka the dining room table). I won't put the stuff back in the kitchen until after they have replaced the sheetrock and painted the ceiling on Thursday. In the meantime, here are some of my recent tangle drawings.


"Caracole" is by Lily Moon and her step-out is posted HERE at Pattern-Collections.com. She also has a video tutorial HERE.


I saw this pattern on the Pattern-Collections.com Facebook page. No one seems to know the name of it but it is similar to the Zentangle pattern called "Well" and another pattern called "Stella". 




Lindy Clarkson's "Florascroll Double" pattern is HERE at Pattern-Collections.com. I drew, embellished and colored each of the elements a little differently.


I found this fun tangle called "Octoleg" HERE on Damy's blog. Damy has several example images showing interesting ways to use this pattern. I drew mine along both sides of a curvy line.


This one called "Yuu", is also by Damy and it's HERE on her blog. I really love this design. First I drew separate elements like she did on her step-out. Below you can see how it looks drawn on a grid.



"Zefirki" is by Alena Light. She posted her step-out HERE on Facebook. Nicole Dreyer posted THIS lovely tile featuring "Zefirki". I had some trouble drawing this pattern at first and I found it very helpful to turn the pattern sideways and draw it horizontally rather than vertically. Doing so seems to give me better control when drawing the curvy lines.


You'll find the pattern for "Zeihryt" HERE on the LonettA's CREA(R)TIVES blog. It's by Annette Plaga-Lodde CZT.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Royal Wedding Bracelet with various beads

Yesterday I blogged HERE about the free pattern by Sandra Halpenny called "Royal Wedding Bracelet". You'll find Sandra's tutorial HERE. The pattern calls for Rulla beads but I wondered if any other kinds of 2-hole beads might work with the design. I tried regular SuperDuo beads, Smooth Outline SuperDuo beads, Mini DiamonDuos, CzechMates Bricks and IOS par Puca beads. As you will see below, some of them worked quite well and others not so much.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • SuperDuo beads "Pastel Pink"

I made the sample above with regular SuperDuo beads. They don't work well at all and the motifs don't have a distinct shape to them. They're pretty much a mess.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • Mini DiamonDuo beads "Pastel Zircon Blue"

This sample was made with Mini DiamonDuos. Although the motifs have a different shape than when made with Rulla beads, they do have a nice shape. However, the motifs are unstable because the seed beads tend to flop in front of or behind the points of the DiamonDuos.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • CzechMates Bricks "Opaque Rose Gold Topaz Luster"

The sample above has CzechMates Brick beads. They work quite well with this pattern and the motifs have a nice round shape.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • IOS® par Puca® beads "Opaque White Ceramic Look"

This sample with IOS® par Puca beads looks very similar to the Rulla version. They're just slightly smaller than Rulla beads. I would definitely use these beads to make this bracelet sometime.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • Smooth Outline SuperDuo beads "Blue Turquoise Picasso"

These smooth outline SuperDuo beads also work very nicely with this design. I did have to make one tweak though. Instead of adding six 11/0 seed beads on each side, I only added five.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • Smooth Outline SuperDuo beads "Ivory"

This started out to be a bracelet but I ran out of thread and I also found a thread looped around a bead. It also is made with smooth outline SuperDuos. I'm posting this photo because I thought you might like to see how a bracelet made with just this motif would look. It's delicate and thin enough to make a wrap bracelet if you don't mind using a ton of seed beads.


Supply Emporium has quite a few colors in Smooth Outline SuperDuos. Note that the 15% off coupon code has changed from "15BLOG" to "CRAFTY15".
 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Royal Wedding Bracelet


This is a new free bracelet pattern by Sandra Halpenny and the pattern is posted HERE on her blog. She also has a YouTube tutorial HERE. I'm always on the look-out for patterns that call for Rulla beads and I love how Sandra has used them here. The Rulla motif is what makes this bracelet special. I might even try making a bracelet with only those motifs.

If you compare the photo on Sandra's blog with the pattern diagrams, you will see that the one in her photo is a variation of the pattern. The pattern tells you to add seed bead connectors between the Rulla and fire polished bead motifs. The one in the photo doesn't have those extra seed beads between the motifs. I made a sample of each version and you can see the difference between them in the photo below:




The version with the connectors is very delicate and airy. The version without the connectors is more compact and and somewhat chunky. It's just as pretty as the other one and I might make one like that sometime. If you make yours that way, you will need a few more Rulla beads and fire polished beads than if you make the other version.

There is a typo in the supply list for the pattern. Sandra used 4mm Czech Cathedral beads but she mentions that you can also use other kinds of beads instead. It says to use 6mm crystals but it should say 4mm. I used 4mm fire polished beads and 6mm beads would have been much too large. I do have some 4mm Cathedral beads but not enough to make this bracelet. They are pretty much the same size as 4mm fire polished beads.

If you need to get some Rulla beads to make this bracelet, Supply Emporium has a very nice selection of colors. Don't forget to use the coupon code CRAFTY15 to get 15% off your order of over $30.


I got both of these fire polished bead colors at Aura Crystals. You will find the turquoise beads HERE and the Rosaline Moon Dust beads HERE.



ROYAL WEDDING BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Aztec Gold" (55127)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Aztec Gold" (55127)
  • Rulla beads "Aztec Gold"
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Gold Suede Turquoise"

The only place that I know of to get these hybrid seed beads is Potomac Beads. They have the 11/0 beads HERE and the 8/0 beads HERE. As you can see, the seed beads match the Rulla beads perfectly.


UPDATE: I found out that Simply Beads USA also has the Aztec Gold seed beads. The 11/0 beads are HERE and the 8/0 beads are HERE. By the way, I added the 8/0 beads to the ends of my bracelets. The pattern doesn't call for them.




ROYAL WEDDING BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • Rulla beads "Opaque Violet White Luster"
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Rosaline Moon Dust"







 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Tangles for Today

Tomorrow I will be blogging about a wonderful free bracelet pattern that I found online the other day. Today I've been struggling with the sun to take some photos of the two that I've made so far. I just finished taking the photos but they still need to be edited. In the meantime, here are a few more tangles.


"Acacia" is by Kasturi Das and her pattern is HERE at Pattern-Collections.com.


"D'rua" is by Mei Hua Teng CZT and you'll find her step-out HERE at TanglePatterns.com and also on her blog HERE.


"Heartland" is also by Kasturi Das and her pattern is HERE at Pattern-Collections.com.


This whimsical tangle called "ICC" (ice cream cone) is by Lindy Clarkson. I couldn't resist adding some sprinkles. Click HERE for her pattern.


"Jummah", by Cyndi Knapp, is found HERE at TanglePatterns.com. HERE is a link to Melinda Barlow's video about this tangle.


"Pickerpocker", by Staub Korn, is posted HERE at Pattern-Collections.com. HERE is a link to Ellen Wolter's video about this pattern.


Renee King's "Riki Tiki" can be found HERE at TanglePatterns.com.


There is no step-out for this pattern called "Sneil". It comes from a YouTube video by Alena Light that you can watch HERE.